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After a very successful inaugural season in 2016, the team behind Open Gardens West Coast are back again for their second year, with more splendid gardens, more tips and more fun in store for everyone during this spring season.
Throughout Western Australia, and in particular Perth, many inspirational garden owners have been tending their garden over winter in readiness for a stunning spring season, a season where they will open their garden for you to visit, enjoy and become inspired yourself. The schedule of Open Gardens for this Spring is as follows:
A delightful garden featuring a Chinese Elm, mass plantings of clever, a dutchman's pipe creeper and bougainvilleas over archways and walls. Brightly painted red furniture and a fabulous succulent bike add fascination.
A large suburban garden with borders, shade trees, pots and hanging baskets and an extensive 'secret' productive garden with fruit trees, herbs and vegetables, all lovingly tendered and cared for by an enthusiastic gardener.
A mix of native and exotic plants surround a magnificent black weeping sheoak while large urns and pots scattered throughout add interest. Hardy shrubs and groundcovers also add colour to the native plant palette.
A delightful garden with a mixture of natives and succulents, designed to be waterwise and low maintenance. A stunning display of the architectural agave and silver foliage cotyledon orbiculata are a great feature combined with the grass trees.
This newly developed native garden has a terrific variety of plants from mature eucalypts, grass trees, acacia spectabilis, correa, grevilleas, citrus and eremophila. Set amongst some large rocks and a small citrus grove, some succulents and artfully placed cottage plants add colour.
This lovely garden makes great use of native plants in both the front and rear areas, including a wonderful selection of grevilleas throughout. There are camellias, roses, begonias and succulents adding variety and contrast as well as vegetables.
Visitors are invited to view Krannynook, a garden of herbaceous borders and grevilleas in Helena Valley. This popular garden also features stained glass and recycled material against a backdrop of shrubs and deciduous trees.
The large and serene 2 hectare property welcomes visitors who will experience ancient paperbarks, lush under plantings of shade-loving plants, artfully designed ponds and waterfalls. Winding pathways offer the chance to explore while around the house are lawns and flowering plants including roses and camellias.
Lenori Lodge's rambling garden is on a one acre site, with claret ash, prunus and an enormous bay tree remaining from the original garden established in the 1930's. Mediterranean plants and perennials have been planted amongst beds of roses, camellias and ground-cover ivy.
The shady and inviting entrance is an interesting blend of native and exotic plants with creative art hidden amongst the shrubs. Mixed plantings throughout the garden include roses, flowering perennials and natives with shade-loving plants tucked into sheltered spaces and pots adding interest to paved areas.
Most gardens are open from 10am to 4pm with an entrance fee of $6 per person, an amount which is reduced from last year. Entrance fees are shared between the property owner who generally dedicates them to a local or personal charity, and to Open Gardens West Coast. And in keeping with the spirit of having a great day out, a number of gardens will provide morning/afternoon teas, music, plant sales and advice.
Open Gardens West Coast is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates the opening of gardens and associated horticultural events for gardeners and lovers of nature to enjoy. For further details on Open Gardens West Coast or the calendar of events refer to their website or to their facebook page.